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PUBLISHED: McCarthy M, Colna K, El-Mezayen MM, Laureano-Rosario AE, Méndez-Lázaro P, Otis DB, Toro-Farmer G., Vega-Rodriguez M, Muller-Karger FE. 2017. Satellite Remote Sensing for Coastal Management: A Review of Successful Applications. Environmental Management. doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0880-x Vega-Rodriguez, M. 2016. Influence of water quality on stony coral diversity and net community productivity in the Florida Keys. PhD Dissertation. USF Scholar Commons.

Photo Gallery: Onboard the R/V Nancy Foster (April 2011)


This photo gallery documents most of the work that the Scientific and Technical crew onboard of the R/V Nancy Foster did during the 1st leg of the NOAA’s Coral Reef Ecosystems on-going interdisciplinary research project. This project intends to research the connectivity of fish larvae through the Caribbean by obtaining biological and physical oceanographic surveys

Track the NOAA’s R/V Nancy Foster Journey!


Maria is on board of NOAA’s R/V Nancy Foster Research Ship and I’m fully enjoying the experience! I’m part of the scientific crew that are collecting physical and biological data to look at the connectivity of larval fish through the Caribbean. This is part of NOAA’s Coral Reef Ecosystem on-going interdisciplinary research project that obtains

NOAA investigará estado de arrecifes de coral en el Caribe


Zarpan hoy de San Juan para emprender investigación Por Inter News Service El barco Nancy Foster de la Administración Oceánica y Atmosférica Nacional (NOAA) zarpará esta tarde desde San Juan con 14 investigadores para continuar un estudio sobre el estado de los ecosistemas de arrecifes de coral en el Caribe. La investigación, de la que

Today’s experience at the Capitol Building!


As part of an Ocean Policy course that I’m taking this semester, some of the PhD students (me included) decided to participate in Ocean’s Day at the Capitol Building in Tallahassee, Florida. This year the Ocean’s Day theme was: Florida’s ocean generate jobs and economic development. We divided into two groups, one that was going to

USF Marine Scientists Respond to Deepwater Horizon Disaster


Source: USF Channel and YouTube The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science was one of the “first responders” to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. From the first day of the blowout, the college’s scientists, researchers, staff and graduate students have been involved in tracking the

El Niños Are Growing Stronger, NASA/NOAA Study Finds


From Science Daily News: Deviations from normal sea surface temperatures (left) and sea surface heights (right) at the peak of the 2009-2010 central Pacific El Niño, as measured by NOAA polar orbiting satellites and NASA’s Jason-1 spacecraft, respectively. The warmest temperatures and highest sea levels were located in the central equatorial Pacific. Image credit: (Credit:

Importante Science Daily News: Marine Phytoplankton Declining


Southern Right whale off the coast of Hermanus; South Africa. Phytoplankton forms the basis of the marine food chain and sustains diverse assemblages of species ranging from tiny zooplankton to large marine mammals, seabirds, fish and certain whales. (Credit: iStockphoto) ScienceDaily (July 28, 2010) — A new article published in the 29 July issue of

Super-Rare ‘Elkhorn’ Coral Found in Pacific


Source: Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100729091501.htm The archetypal divergent branching pattern of the Pacific elkhorn closely resembles that of the Atlantic elkhorn coral — Acropora palmata. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Dr Maria Beger) ScienceDaily (July 29, 2010) — An Australian scientist has discovered what could be the world’s rarest coral in the remote North Pacific Ocean. The